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Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare StatesPolicies, Services and Professional Practices$
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Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson, and Marek Perlinski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327196

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.001.0001

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The construction of professional identity in social work: experience, analytical reflection and time

The construction of professional identity in social work: experience, analytical reflection and time

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(p.37) Three The construction of professional identity in social work: experience, analytical reflection and time
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Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare States
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Linda Bell

Maria Appel Nissen

Jorunn Vindegg

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.003.0003

This chapter discusses the construction of professional identity, posing that it requires experience, analytical reflection and time, and that it is a lifelong process of learning, acting and reflecting in education and practice. The construction of professional identity is regarded as an interdependent process relating to interaction, knowledge and values, which cannot be separated when exploring identities of welfare professionals. The chapter discusses the construction of professional identity during education, in practice and across different contexts.

Keywords:   professional identity, experience, analytical reflection, welfare, professionals

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